Hearst Ranch Winery

Hearst Ranch Winery
442 SLO San Simeon Rd (Old San Simeon)
San Simeon, CA  93452

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Tasting Room Open Tue–Sun 11–5

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Private tours by appointment, scenic views, gift shop, winemaker dinners, special events


Sometimes, things are meant to happen—as is the case with Hearst Ranch Winery. The wheels were set in motion a little more than a year ago, when Paso Robles vintner Jim Saunders purchased an all-day private tour of Hearst Ranch at a charity fundraising event. It was there that he met the great-grandson of William Randolph Hearst and vice president of the Western Properties Division of the Hearst Corporation, Steve Hearst. The two men formed an instant bond. They realized that they valued many of the same things: sustainable agriculture, conservation, and philanthropy. Soon after, they found themselves discussing a winery partnership.

“It all came together so fast,” Jim says. Jim, who has owned the Saunders Ranch in East Paso Robles for 20 years, certainly had the fruit for it. He had decades of experience in making wine for other local wineries. And he also knew of a great winemaker named Adam Lazarre, who had recently left Smith and Hook. To top it off, Steve was in the process of buying the historic general store in Old San Simeon—an ideal spot for the Hearst Ranch Winery tasting room. The partners agreed that they’d donate a portion of their profits to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center, and they were in business.

The first wines were released in April 2010 to rave reviews. By August, the 2007 Lone Tree Cabernet Franc snagged a gold medal and Chairman’s Best of Class Distinction at the Long Beach Grand Cru.

“It’s wonderful to be involved in something that is successful, fun, and philanthropic,” Steve says.

The tasting room also came together quickly. It sits on a quiet road just across from the entrance to Hearst Castle, sharing the old Sebastian’s General Store with a great little restaurant that makes fantastic sandwiches. Here guests taste the fruits of a new friendship and a lasting commitment to things that really matter.

Hearst Ranch Winery


Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No